Kriengkrairut, Giulietti-Schmitt announce retirementVeteran ice dancers to continue skating in shows, get advanced degrees
After eight years together, veteran ice dancers Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt have announced their retirement from competition.
"As much as Lynn and I love skating, and probably would continue on as long as we could go, there are a lot of things we want to pursue outside of skating," Giulietti-Schmitt said. "We decided that since we gave it our all for the Olympic year, that ultimately some of our priorities have shifted."
Kriengkrairut is applying to medical school and hopes to enroll in the fall.
"I'm interested in neurology, orthopedic surgery or reconstructive surgery, but a lot could change once I go to school," she said.
Giulietti-Schmitt has been the Basic Skills director at the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club, and plans to continue coaching. He also wants to go to graduate school and hopes to study environmental remediation or urban planning. (He has a bachelor's degree in geology from Eastern Michigan University.)
Kriengkrairut and Giulietti-Schmitt's best showing at the U.S. championships was a fourth-place finish in 2012. They are the 2007 U.S. junior bronze medalists and twice won the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria. They competed four times in the Grand Prix Series, and finished sixth at the 2014 Four Continents Championships.
After training with Yasa Nechaeva and Yuri Chesnichenko for seven years, the team began working with Igor Shpilband in February 2013.
"This year, with the change that we made, we wanted to give it the best shot that we could going into the Olympic season," Giulietti-Schmitt said. "We really learned a lot in our new training environment. At the end of the year, we sat down and talked about things, and assessed what we wanted to do moving forward.
"Obviously, a lot is going to change next year; a lot of teams are retiring. It's something we've debated for a long time, but we're getting older and we have a lot of interests outside the skating community."
The popular and well-respected team enjoyed enthusiastic fan support for its supple, lyrical skating and unique lifts. Their free dances to Adele and Jeff Beck were audience favorites. They are planning to skate in some shows in the coming months, starting with the American Ice Theater's "Let's Dance" show May 31 in Chicago.
In a statement, Kriengkrairut and Giulietti-Schmitt thanked their families for their support and sacrifices, as well as U.S. Figure Skating, the Memorial Fund and the US Athletic Foundation. They also expressed gratitude to all their coaches as well as their trainer, dance instructors and sports psychologist, and they included a word to their fans.
"Thank you to the fans who have followed us and been committed to encouraging us as much as we have been committed to making something special for them to watch."